Birthday Gifts For 1 Year Old Girl.

What do you get a 1 year old for her first birthday when they have an older sibling?

That was the biggest question we had when choosing birthday presents for Mollie. We kept virtually everything we had for Henry when he was a baby and ever since Mollie was about 4 months old we have had all these toys out for her.

There is a whole array of stuff, shape sorters of various descriptions, and anything and everything that makes a noise. That was before you add in that we had Christmas a few months ago, and yes we did get a few more things then. So what did we do?

We just decided where possible to limit presents. She is only 1 so luckily has no concept of what is going to happen. The obvious thing to start with was some clothing, she grows out of her clothes very quickly so it seemed like a sensible idea as a starting point;


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Birthday Gifts for 4 year old boy.

Our eldest turns 4 this week and for me its bittersweet, its his last birthday before starting school. We have a couple of things planned for his birthday to really make the most of it, especially as he seems to have a good understanding of his birthday this year. I shall probably spend a good portion of it reflecting on the past 4 years. After all its been 4 years since I became a mum.

We always find it a bit difficult having Henrys birthday not far from Christmas, luckily this time we knew back at Christmas what we were going to get him as his main present. We considered getting it for him for Christmas but decided against it as he probably wouldn’t have got much use out of it until now anyway.

A couple of the gifts we bought in December and they were initially for Christmas as well but we again we decided to save some for his birthday. They are all available still at various retailers, bear in mind we didn’t necessarily pay the prices they may be advertised at. As  I say some were purchased months ago.

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School Preparation for a 4 year old.


If you didn’t know already Henry turns 4 in March so he will be starting school in September. If I let him turn 4, I may make him stay 3 forever, that’s allowed, right?

Anyway with that slowly creeping up we have been trying to give him a little head start as best we can in time for school. It’s a difficult age to do too much, they have the attention span of a goldfish, and with my child in particular he has to be in a cooperative mood or there is absolutely no point in even trying. That being said, we have found a couple of ways to try to help him out.

In playgroup he has started to get some homework, he may bring the mascot home for the weekend and we take some photos of what he has been doing with it, or he will get a phonics reading book that we do together.

Heres what we are doing at home to help him out.

Firstly we got some wall charts from Poundland. So, yes some of my walls look like a nursery. This is a background activity, in the sense of, these charts are always in his view, he can look at them if he wants to and if he wants to ask questions or play with them he can. The ones in most use are the upper and lower case alphabet, map of the UK in his bedroom and a wall calendar. img_0931

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Christmas Gifts – 9 Month Old Girl.

My previous post Christmas gifts – 3 year old boy. was a look at what we have got our son for Christmas. I hope it was useful to anyone who may have needed a little inspiration. In this post you’ll see what we have got our daughter this year. She’s only 9 months old so she doesn’t need a lot of gifts. We have a lot of baby toys that we had saved from when Henry was a baby.

Stocking fillers.


As with Henry’s stocking I don’t remember where we got it but there are plenty of different styles of stocking available to get in most retailers.

The bath squirters came from Homesense at £3.99.

The rattle came from Asda, it doesn’t appear to be online. We paid £1.50 for it.

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Christmas Gifts – 3 Year Old Boy.

This is the first year that Henry has really started to understand about Santa Claus and what happens at Christmas. When we got our decorations down and I started to explain how Santa gets in our house as we don’t have a chimney (he uses the magic key that we put outside, and only his magic fingers can transform the key into one that fits our door) he was truly fascinated.

As for a Christmas list up until a few weeks ago he kept changing his mind as to what he wanted so we decided to start collecting some bits and wait for him to make his mind up.

We always do a Christmas stocking that will be placed in his room and Santa will fill this up with small goodies. We’ve been unsure as to the main presents, what’s the correct protocol when it comes to Santa’s gifts?? Such a small thing but it gets embedded in their brain you have to make sure you get it right for yourself. You don’t want to slip up a few months down the line and tell them you got something when they think Santa did. What do you all do??

We have decided to divide up what we have and some will be from Santa, wrapped in separate paper, and the others from us? I’ve no idea if this is gonna work.

Stocking fillers.


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Christmas Eve Boxes

I saw a few years ago a lot of people were doing Christmas Eve boxes and that to me seemed like such a cute little thing to do the night before Christmas. A nice way to extend the ‘magic’ for a little longer and build up the anticipation and excitement. So I started this on Henry’s first Christmas with a small box. All it had in it were Christmas pyjamas and a Christmas book. Although he had no idea I really loved it so I think we may have made this a little family tradition.

Every Christmas from now I will get the children Christmas pjs for their box so it means they can actually wear their new Christmas pjs for Christmas Eve. This will always be the starting point for their boxes.

Then as they get older I plan on including hot chocolate mixes and a Christmas movie, maybe some movie snacks to all enjoy on Christmas Eve. But for now as they are small this is what they have this year.

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Henry’s Favorite Books List

I thought I would do a quick post on some of Henry’s favourite books. He’s got more into listening to books lately so I thought it would be a good idea to have a list post as he definitely seem to have a few he goes back to very often.


The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

This has become a firm favourite of all of us so far, we really love the rhyming story and the illustrations. The story follows a small brown mouse though the woods in search of a nut, as he wanders he meets a few characters who would like to ‘eat’ him. He manages to wriggle out of each scenario by telling each one he’s having lunch with a Gruffalo. As far as the mouse knows the Gruffalo is something he has just made up. Continue reading